It Was 50 Years Ago Today! An International Beatles Conference

Call for Papers

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, influence, and artistry of the Beatles. Abstracts must include name, contact information, and affiliation and be no more than 300 words in length. Panel submissions must include a panel title along with abstracts from each of the participants. For submissions, please go to Submissions page.

The conference, organized by Penn State University, will be held at Penn State’s Altoona College on February 6-9, 2014, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In addition to panels and presentations, the conference will include film screenings, musical performances, art and photography exhibits, and keynote addresses by leading Beatles critics and musicologists. The conference will conclude with a commemorative screening of The Ed Sullivan Show as it was originally broadcast on February 9, 1964.

Tentative speakers and performers include noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, music theorist Walter Everett, Beatles instrument expert Andy Babiuk, and Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler.

Papers will be considered for, but certainly not limited to, the session rubrics below. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged. The deadline for paper and panel submissions is November 1, 2013.

Apple Corps; Authorship; Beatlemania; The Beatles as Literature; The Beatles as Recording Artists; The Beatles as Solo Artists; The Beatles’ Circle (Brian Epstein, George Martin, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, etc.); The Beatles’ Films; The Beatles in Hamburg; The Beatles’ Musical Contemporaries (Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, etc.); The Beatles’ Musical Influence; The Beatles’ Remasters; The Beatles’ Sociocultural Influence; Biographical Studies; The British Invasion; “Englishness” and the Beatles; Fashion; Gender Studies; Historical Studies; Individual Album Analyses; Lyrical Analyses; Musicianship; Musicological Analyses; Nostalgia; Pop Art; Psychedelia; The Quarry Men; Religion; Sixties Culture; Songwriting Practices; Spiritualism; The Summer of Love; Theoretical Analyses; “The Threetles”

To submit an abstract, please go to Submissions page.

For more information, contact:
Kenneth Womack, Conference Organizer
Penn State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601